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Dear White People – In Theaters October 17 | #OYRchallenge

IN THEATERS OCTOBER 17

Best Picture Winner at the San Francisco Film Festival

Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival

Now coming to theaters near you on October 17, 2014

via Dear White People – In Theaters October 17.

Coming Soon, a Century Late: A Black Film Gem – NYTimes.com

Mr. Magliozzi said the film was one of the first feature-length endeavors in an era dominated by shorts. Seventy percent of the feature-length films made in this country during the silent era of 1912-1929 have been lost, according to a Library of Congress survey.

via Coming Soon, a Century Late: A Black Film Gem – NYTimes.com.

11 African American Artists Who Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement

Barkley L. Hendricks

An upcoming auction at Swann Galleries titled “The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art” will highlight the artists whose bravery and creativity left an indelible mark on history, in bold shapes and daring colors. The sale features over 90 pieces from African American, civil rights-era artists, as well as contemporary black artists including Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker.

via 11 African American Artists Who Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement.

Lupita Nyong’o To Produce And Star In ‘Americanah’

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o will star and produce the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah together with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions.  A winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award, Americanah tells the epic love story of two young immigrant Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their lives span various continents. Americanah was also listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday. Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship winning author of such novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.

via Lupita Nyong’o To Produce And Star In ‘Americanah’.

The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing – NYTimes.com

The Darkroom Collective

Scholars say that what has grown from the collective is a boom in African-American poetry that’s arguably as aesthetically significant in the writing world as the work of the Beat Generation, the New York School, the Fugitives, the Black Arts Movement, even the Harlem Renaissance.

via The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing – NYTimes.com.

MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker

Toni Morrison

Twenty years since the workshop and what I’m left with now is not bitterness or anger but an abiding sense of loss. Lost time, lost opportunities, lost people. When I think on it now what’s most clear to me is how easily ours could have been a dope workshop. What might have been if we’d had one sympathetic faculty in our fiction program. If we Calibans hadn’t all retreated into our separate bolt holes. If we’d actually been there for each other. What might have been if the other writers of color in the workshop—the ones who were like I don’t want to write about race—had at least been open to discussing why that might be the case. I wonder what work might have been produced had we writers of colors been able to talk across our connections and divides, if we’d all felt safe and accounted for in the workshop, if we’d all been each other’s witnesses. What might have been.

via MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker.

Meet the 8 Black Women TIME Chose as ‘Most Influential’

Ory Okolloh

Ory Okolloh, who was routinely thrown out of school in Kenya because her parents couldn’t pay the fee, got a Harvard Law degree and a job offer from a D.C. law firm.

But instead of building a comfortable life, she went back to Africa to build a more accountable, transparent world for millions. She helped create Ushahidi, an online service for crowd-mapping data — whether it’s incidences of corruption in Kenya, survivors of the hurricane in Haiti or traffic problems in Washington.

via Meet the 8 Black Women TIME Chose as ‘Most Influential’.

Why Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme Deal Is a Victory for Women of Color – PolicyMic

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o’s riveting performance in 12 Years a Slave skyrocketed the 31-year-old newcomer to the Hollywood A-list. Millions of women rejoiced at the prospect of a stunning woman of color becoming the belle of the ball, and the news that she’d been tapped by Lancôme cosmetics to be their new brand ambassador.  

via Why Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme Deal Is a Victory for Women of Color – PolicyMic.